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Announcement :: Human Rights
the revolution will never end.
04 Jul 2010
1776 was a wake up call for many americans to take back their minds, possessions and bodies. for some soon after the fighting the revolution was put to rest and the quiet business of living resumed. but the revolution, like the spinning earth we inhabit, will never cease.
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Commentary :: Human Rights
Ahmad Sa'adat: A Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience
04 Jul 2010
he's one of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners
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Commentary :: International
Russian Spy Case: Espionage or Politics?
03 Jul 2010
likely the latter
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
Obama's New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
03 Jul 2010
When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran — signed into law by Obama on July 1st — are an unmistakable act of war.

If fully enforced, Iran’s economy will be potentially destroyed. The New York Times outlines the central parts of the sanctions:
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News :: Human Rights : Politics : Race
Self-determination for Haiti! Black Congress to fight for African power
03 Jul 2010
As the United States government broadens its military presence in Haiti and foreign non-governmental organizations increase their control over government and social service operations on the island, concerned African people are convening in Washington D.C. to organize a coordinated African response to this and other crises faced by Africans in Haiti and around the world.
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News :: Human Rights : Politics : Race
Black Congress, critical of Obama, to convene in D.C. to set black agenda
03 Jul 2010
Modified: 10:03:00 AM
As criticisms of President Obama’s war and economic policies mount, the group that first questioned his intentions regarding the concerns of the black community is holding a national Congress to define a black agenda to serve the interests of black people.
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Commentary :: DNC : Education : Politics : Social Welfare
MIDDLE~CLASS UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS IN BOSTON MASS ARE ALL IN GOOD HANDS WITH ARKANSAS U.S. SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN LOBBYING 4 USA FELLOW WEALTHY ELITE TIFFANY SHOPPERS ....
02 Jul 2010
~ GO FIGURE BOSTON UNEMPLOYED RESIDENTS ...U.S. SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN OF ARKANSAS LOBBING 4 U.S. WEALTHY ELITE WALMART UNEMPLOYBANK BENEFITS WHEN OTHER POORER AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES,CARS APARTMENTS etc...

ARKANSAS SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN TO THE RESCUE OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OF OUR U.S.WEALTHY ELITE PRESIDENT OBAMA ???

~ WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS DO RUN THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF THEIRS WITH AN IRON FIST PRESIDENT OBAMA ~

OUR WEALTHY ELITE CABAL OF AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES
WHO HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OF OUR U.S. CONGRESS THROUGH THEIR LOBBYISTS AND UNLIMITED POLITICAL CORPORATE SPENDING, ARE NOW SENDING ALL us little
people living HERE IN THEIR AMERICA A VERY REAL WAKE~UP CALL.

WE AT LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS BELIEVE THEY ARE PREPARED IN NOVEMBER TO ELIMINATE THESE EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IF OUR AMERICAN WORK FORCE DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO SERIOUSLY FIND THEMSELVES FUTURE EMPLOYMENT. (THAT MEANS ANY AND ALL JOBS OF AVAILABILITY )

THEIR WELL FINANCED STUDY GROUPS HAVE ALL THE DATA AND THEY MUST BE ENLIGHTENING OUR U.S. WEALTHY ELITE THAT POORER AMERICANS ARE NOT SEARCHING FAR AND WIDE AND APPLYING FOR ENOUGH VARIOUS JOBS.

PLEASE REMEMBER POORER AMERICANS THAT THESE WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES (WHO COMPRISE ONLY 1% OF OUR POPULATION) RUN OUR WELL FINANCED ECONOMIC MACHINE THROUGH OUR U.S.CONGRESS PURSE STRINGS AND THEIR MAJORITY SHARE HOLDINGS IN AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS.

WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN HERE AT LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS THAT OUR U.S. STILL HAS THE LARGEST GNP IN THE WORLD EVEN THOUGH OUR GREAT COUNTRY HAS LOST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ABROAD.

** BRINGING DOWN THAT GREAT WALL IN CHINA IS BETTER TO BE BROUGHT DOWN WITH $$ THEN WAR little poor Americans **

SLEEP WELL OUR FELLOW POORER AMERICANS, OUR WEALTHY ELITE FUTURE ECONOMIC PLANS FOR US IS SURELY NOT A PLAN IN THE MAKING,BUT ONE THAT WAS PLANNED MANY MOONS AGO.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A VOLUNTEER WWW LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS.WE ARE AND CAN BE FOUND WITH ANY AND ALL WEB SEARCH ENGINES BY OUR NAME,TELEPHONE NUMBER OR E MAIL ADDRESS.

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*** We enjoy bringing the good~life to all our little people of America ***
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~ GOING WITH BIG POLITICAL DONORS OVER DOING THE PEOPLES BUSINESS ~

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS CAN ONLY WONDER AND MARVEL ABOUT THESE TWO U.S. SENATORS INTERESTS IN THEIR OWN STATES WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS NEEDS OVER THE NEEDS OF THEIR UNEMPLOYED MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR RESIDENTS ???

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Senators Are Pushing To Cut Taxes For Paris Hilton

BY PAT GARAFALO

Should tax breaks be given to the richest percentile while unemployment continues?

Unemployment is near 10 percent. Long-term unemployment is at a record high. Teachers are being laid off across the country and state governments are slashing services to the bone. $80 billion could do a lot of good addressing any of these problems.

However, the U.S. Senate is considering spending that much money on something else: cutting taxes for the richest 0.2 percent of households in the country.

For months, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) have been on a quest to cut the estate tax, or the tax that the federal government levies on inheritance. And despite its serious impact on the budget and negligible effect on the electorate at large, their proposal is being taken seriously.

Before getting into the merits of their proposal, here’s some background. The 2003 Bush tax cut included a gradual phase-out of the estate tax, from its 2001 level of 55 percent with a $1 million exemption to its complete repeal this year. However, to make the long-term cost of the cut seem less severe, the legislation stipulated that the tax come back in 2011 at the 2001 level. At the time, Bush’s team believed that Congress would never reinstate the tax, after having lived for at least one year without it.

Proving Bush’s strategy at least partially incorrect, the House of Representatives has already passed a bill permanently setting the estate tax at the 2009 level, which is a 45 percent rate with a $3.5 million exemption. But Kyl and Lincoln want to cut this to 35 percent with a $5 million exemption. Their cut costs $80 billion more than the House bill and $440 billion more than the budget baseline.

And all of that money would go to cut a tax that 99.8 percent of households in the U.S. will never pay. In fact, 62.5 percent of estate tax revenue comes from estates worth more than $20 million. Another 35 percent of the revenue comes from estates worth between $5 million and $20 million. The simple fact is that only the ultra-wealthy — the Paris Hiltons of the world — are subject to the estate tax.

The estate tax receives so much attention because there is a significant amount of misinformation circulating about it. This is due to a concerted effort by conservatives and wealthy corporate families to re-label it the “death tax,” with the intent of fooling everyone into thinking that the IRS will be looming over them on their death bed, demanding payment. One organization in particular, the Policy and Taxation Group, has fueled this campaign, funded by money from the Gallo and Mars family fortunes.

Even Lincoln herself helped spread this tall tale, saying “I don’t think there’s any American out there who believes you should work all of your life to find that when you die, 55 percent of [your estate] has got to go to the government.”

I bet she’s right that no one believes that. But no one is trying to make it the law either.

Because the estate tax is levied on marginal income, it is only paid on the amount in excess of the exemption. To put it plainly, if the exemption is $3.5 million, the first $3.5 million of the estate is passed on entirely tax free. Tax is only paid on the first dollar above that amount. So an estate worth $3,500,001 would have a tax bill of .45 cents under 2009 law.

The average effective rate — the amount paid as a percentage of the entire estate — for those subject to the estate tax is about 14 percent. There isn’t a mass of grieving widows who have to hand over half of everything they own to the government.

Critics of the estate tax also contend that it adversely affects small businesses and family farms. This, too, is untrue. If 2009 law were made permanent, only 140 estates that could be considered farms or small businesses will owe any tax at all, and “all but a handful would have sufficient liquid assets on hand (such as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds) to pay the tax without having to touch the farm or business,” according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The Lincoln-Kyl plan would spend tens of billions to cut this already small number down to 40.

Kyl and Lincoln have said that they plan to find spending offsets for the $80 billion difference between their cut and the 2009 law, raising the prospect that Congress will actually increase revenues — which could be spent on any number of things — in order to cut taxes for the richest of the rich. It’s an absurd notion, but it garnered the attention of Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Finance Committee.

Fortunately, some progressive lawmakers have started to push back against Lincoln and Kyl, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) saying “the idea that we would make significant exemptions within the estate tax to give more tax breaks to the top three-tenths of 1 percent is nauseating.” And he’s absolutely right. Adopting the Lincoln-Kyl cut would be a sad indication of where Congress’ priorities truly are.

Pat Garofalo is the Economics Researcher and Blogger for WonkRoom.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. His writing has also appeared in The Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Examiner, and at AOL News.

Tags: Paris Hilton, Tax Cuts, Wealthy

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WALL STREET JOURNAL

Lincoln Intervenes for Arkansas Bank Article

By DAMIAN PALETTA

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, one of the chief architects of the financial-regulation overhaul nearing completion in Congress, is pushing for a change that would benefit a bank in her home state of Arkansas.

The bank, Arvest Bank Group Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is predominantly owned by the Walton family, of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fame, perhaps the most influential family in the state and one of the richest in the U.S.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln is pushing for a change in the financial-overhaul bill that would benefit an Arkansas bank owned by the Walton family.
Under Ms. Lincoln's proposed change, Arvest would be excused from a provision that could require banks to raise more capital, in Arvest's case about $115 million. Other Senate Democrats had intended only to exempt banks with less than $10 billion in capital from the provision. Ms. Lincoln wants to raise that to $15 billion, a threshold that would exempt Arvest. It is the only bank in Arkansas with between $10 billion and $15 billion of assets, though there are some in other states.

White House officials have said they don't want changes that benefit specific companies, leery of the horse-trading that nearly sank their health-care overhaul. But the administration also can't afford to alienate Ms. Lincoln, head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, whose support on the broader overhaul is vital to its success.

Lawmakers routinely do things to benefit organizations in their home states, often seen as "constituent service." But Ms. Lincoln's move could cause headaches for other Democrats because Arvest is owned by such a wealthy and politically influential company. Other Democrats in Congress are considering making a change to satisfy the senator, people familiar with the matter said.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Lincoln said she was pushing the change to make sure "no Arkansas bank—no matter its owner—is punished" by the provision." She didn't discuss the issue with anyone from the Walton family but did meet with Arvest officials, her office said.

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Canada as Derivatives HavenAccess thousands of business sources not available on the free web. Learn More Arvest officials and the Walton family declined to comment. The company is the largest of 96 bank holding companies in Arkansas and has more than 200 branches in four states.

Lawmakers from the House and Senate, including Ms. Lincoln, are currently hashing out a new financial-regulation bill.

The issue concerns dividend-paying instruments some banks issue to raise money called trust-preferred securities, a mix of debt and equity. Banks can convert them to capital for regulatory purposes.

The Senate version of the financial overhaul would bar the securities from being counted as part of banks' capital reserve, the cushion that absorbs losses when loans go bad. So some banks may have to raise fresh funds to meet capital minimums.

Senate Republicans last week proposed a provision, supported by House conferees, that would let all banks continue counting existing trust-preferred securities as capital. Ms. Lincoln broke with other Democrats on the conference committee and voted with the Republicans.

Journal Communitydiscuss“ This is exactly what is wrong with American politics today. ”
—David Stoneman Senate Democrats then proposed allowing banks with less than $10 billion in assets to continue to count existing trust-preferred securities toward capital. What Sen. Lincoln is doing now is pushing to raise that threshold to $15 billion.

This would include Arvest among banks "grandfathered." Arvest, with $11.3 billion in assets, is the only bank-holding company in Arkansas with more than $10 billion in assets, and thus the only one that would benefit form such a change.

There are about 20 other banks in America with between $10 billion and $15 billion in assets that could also be helped.

Ms. Lincoln "believes the threshold should be high enough to ensure no bank in Arkansas is subject to these new rules on existing capital, which would hinder their ability to generate lending for consumers and businesses at a time when access to credit is already difficult to come by," said Ms. Lincoln's spokeswoman, Marni Goldberg, "These banks did not cause the near-collapse of our financial system and should not be punished for Wall Street's actions."

The change would benefit Arvest because of the way it has structured its capital. Of the $920.4 million Arvest held as capital at the end of March, about $115 million was in trust-preferred or similar securities, a high proportion compared with some other banks.

If the financial overhaul passes without any change, and Arvest can no longer count these securities as capital, the Walton family could be forced to raise fresh funds to fill the hole.

Arvest's chairman, chief executive and president is Jim Walton, one of the four children of the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. From 1992 through the first quarter of 2010, Wal-Mart employees and the company's political-action committee have been among Ms. Lincoln's most generous supporters, giving her $85,700, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign finance. The Waltons have owned Arvest for decades.

The provision barring banks from counting trust-preferred securities in their capital has the backing of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair, who says the securities do little to protect banks from losses during economic downturns.

Scramble to Finish Bank Rules This Week Auto Dealers Stand to Benefit in Financial Bill Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), sponsor of the provision to bar the securities from being counted in capital, is inclined to agree to raising the exemption threshold to win Ms. Lincoln's support, a spokesman for Ms. Collins said.

Ken Hammonds, chief executive of the Arkansas Bankers Association, said his group supports Ms. Lincoln's proposed change because it could also allow the state's smaller banks to merge and grow beyond $10 billion in assets without being penalized.

This isn't the first time a lawmaker has pushed for changes that would help a home-state company. Sen. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) inserted a derivatives-related provision into the Senate bill that had been pushed by Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The change could have saved the company several billion dollars, according to analysts. It was removed after the lawmaker's involvement was disclosed in The Wall Street Journal.

Sen Scott Brown (R., Mass.), has said he'd vote against the financial-overhaul bill if it forces Massachusetts-based companies to stop certain asset-management practices.

—Dan Fitzpatrick contributed to this article
Write to Damian Paletta at damian.paletta-AT-wsj.com

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& WE ALWAYS THOUGHT ARKANSAS SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN ONLY SHOPPED AT TIFFANY'S POORER AMERICANS....

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A VOLUNTEER WWW LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR MIDDLE~CLASS & WORKING POOR AMERICANS.WE CAN BE FOUND WITH ANY AND ALL WEB SEARCH ENGINES BY OUR NAME,TELEPHONE NUMBER OR E MAIL ADDRESS.

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Commentary :: Labor
Saving is not a Solution
02 Jul 2010
The capital markets repeatedly force the real economy to its knees. The savings orgy should help heavily indebted states regain the trust of the financial markets. In a play from the madhouse, states must run into debt to bailout their money-houses.
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Commentary :: War and Militarism
War in Afghanistan: Illegal, Untenable and Unwinnable
02 Jul 2010
war now being escalated
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News :: Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Social Welfare
Philippine Airlines workers stage protests against Labor Department
02 Jul 2010
Philippines-workers-protest.jpgPAL union rallies anew at DOLE, appeals “midnight decision”
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